Wolves skipper Danny Batth is encouraging people from the city to get involved in this year’s Carver Wolverhampton Half Marathon – and also raise money for his charity, Foundation DB.
This year’s popular event takes place in the City on Sunday, September 2nd, and features not just the half marathon but also a 10k run, cycle events, a mini marathon for younger runners, and a Walk in the Park!
Danny visited Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletics Club this week, one of the marathon’s chosen charity organisations, and spent an hour with the club’s runners of all ages, whilst also encouraging people to support Foundation DB if they wish.
“I really enjoyed getting along to Aldersley and meeting some of their young runners, and speaking to everyone involved in an athletics club which boasts such a successful history,” says Danny.
“It is great to see so much interest in the events at this year’s half marathon, not only due to the money that will be raised for some fantastic charities, but also to see people of all ages wanting to get active and improve their fitness.
“One of the key messages behind my own Foundation DB charity is to try and help people to help themselves, and I would link that to the hundreds of people who will get their trainers on and go out and take part in any of the events on September 2nd to help some vital good causes.
“All of the charities involved make a really positive difference to the people that they help, and that is the ambition that we have with Foundation DB.
“So far we have supported two different charities, firstly the YUWA Academy in India, which uses the power of football to keep vulnerable girls out of child marriage and from being trafficked.
“Then we have also worked with YMCA Open Door in the Black Country, an organisation which offers accommodation for homeless young people from Wolverhampton and the surrounding communities.
“These are both charities where even a small amount of money can make a big difference, so hopefully, through Foundation DB, we can continue to raise the funds which can benefit the young people concerned.
“If anyone taking part in any of the marathon events wishes to fundraise for Foundation DB, that would be very much appreciated, not only by myself and my partner Natalie with whom I set up the charity, but by all of those who we support.
“I am not sure yet what Wolves’ training schedule will be for the 2nd, but, if it all possible, I would love to be out there watching everyone taking part in such a worthwhile event for the city of Wolverhampton and all of the charities involved.”
Anyone wishing to run for Foundation DB can, once they have entered their race, can set up a fundraising page via the charity’s Just Giving page by clicking here – https://www.justgiving.com/foundationdb
After the race, a prize draw will be held for all who raised a minimum of £50 for Foundation DB, with three prizes at stake, including a signed Wolves shirt.
Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletics Club is one of four official charity partners for this year’s event, with Compton Care, the Mayoral Charity Fund, and Give us a Break – Wolverhampton, also set to benefit.